Lu Xun Park (Qingdao)
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Lu Xun Park is a small park in the city of Qingdao of the People's Republic of China. It is dedicated to the memory of Lu Xun, a famous writer during the May Fourth Movement. It should not be confused with the more famous Lu Xun Park of Shanghai.
The park stretches for nearly a kilometer along the Huiquan Bay. It is spread over an area of four hectares. The park is a beautiful blend of natural setting and cultural sites. Popular places like Number One Bathing Beach, Small Qingdao Island and Little Fish Hill are in the park's neighborhood.
The park was built in 1929. Before that, it was known as "Ruoyu Park" and "Seashore Park". It was in 1950 that it got its present name to honor Lu Xun, a leading writer in China. In October 1986, a three-meter high granite sculpture of Lu was installed at the park's entrance to mark his 50th death anniversary. In 2001, several new attractions including the Monument of Lu Xun's Autobiography, the Poetry Corridor, etc.
The park's main entrance is a beautiful example of craftsmanship. It is a stone archway sheathed in glazed tiles, constructed, like so many other features of the park, as a memorial. The script used to etch the park's name on the gateway is based on Lu Xun's script. Beyond the archway is a captivating world of pine woods, rugged reefs, exquisite pavilions and sea dogs. An undulating, narrow stone path weaves through this setting, providing a welcome relief to seekers of tranquility. One of the park's major highlights is the scene of the ebb and flow of the waves, the boats and birds out in the sea, and watching the moonlight fall on this enchanting park.
The literary works of Lu Xun are commemorated in the park in a unique way. On a 246 feet-long corridor are carved 45 poems written by Lu Xun. On the center of the corridor is the copper embossed portrait relief of Lu Xun.
The park also boasts an Underwater World. This wing comprises the Qingdao Aquarium, Qingdao Specimen Hall, South Pole Hall, Freshwater Fish Hall and Endangered Species Hall.
The park opens from 7:30 A.M. to 6:30 P.M. The admission is free.
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